The State Library and Iowa Library Association work hard to provide continuing early literacy education and resources for librarians to support Iowa’s youngest learners.
About Merri Monks
Merri is the Youth Services Consultant with the State Library of Iowa. She has held this position for six years and previously served in a similar capacity for four years at the Metropolitan Library System in Illinois (now part of RAILS — Reaching Across Illinois Library System). Merri has also been an academic librarian, school librarian and publications manager for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), both divisions of the American Library Association. Her primary responsibilities include providing consulting and continuing education for Iowa’s public youth services librarians; managing federally funded programs (the biennial Kids First conference and the annual summer library program); serving as liaison between the State Library of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education and with Iowa Public Television. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.